A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. Yes, Lakes are the most beautiful feature which adds charm to the serene nature. India is full of everything diversified culture, festivals, historical places, sacred rivers, lofty mountains, colors, heritage, religious grounds, and tranquil lakes. If you had to pick one lake, for beauty and tranquility what would you choose? I guess you choose all of them. In India, amazing lakes hold prestigious beauty and a great place to walk around.
Here, I am sharing some of the popular and gorgeous lakes of India.
1. Kareri Lake, Himachal Pradesh
A high altitude shallow, freshwater alpine lake nestled in the Dhauladhar ranges of the Himalayas. It is perched at an altitude of 2,934m above sea level and located 9km northwest of Dharamshala in the Kangra district, Himachal Pradesh. The snow melting from the Dhauladhars is the source of the lake. It is a popular trekking destination in Himachal Pradesh. The trek to this beautiful lake starts from Mcleodganj. Kareri lake gets frozen in the months from December to March. The lake is surrounded by vast green pastures, which are the grazing grounds or Gaddis. One can catch the magnificent views of the Dhauladharas and alluring Kangra valley from the lake. Kareri lake is a hidden treasure nestled in the laps of the Himalayas. A must visit place to explore!!
2. Lake Pichola, Udaipur
An artificial lake nestled in the city of lakes, UDAIPUR. The alluring lake is 3km wide and stretches 4km in length. See as far as you can. The lake was created in 1362 AD and named after the nearby village Picholi. The four scenic and beautiful places on the lake or we can islands are:
- Lake Palace
- Jag Mandir
- Mohan Mandir
- Arsi Vilas
With the backdrop of lush green hills, watching sunsets and sunrises from the lake will be an unforgettable experience. The city palace overlooks the lake and several ghats are made to sit and spend time at the lake. There are so many lakes in the city of lakes like Swaroop Sagar lake, Fatehsagar Lake.
3. Pangong Tso Lake, Ladakh
A brackish water lake in Leh and the most amazing lake in India. The Pangong Tso Lake is a high altitude lake perched at 4,350m and it stretches in the area of 134km from India to China. The lake is 5km wide and 60% of the length is in the Tibetan Autonomous Region, China. The lake gets frozen in the winter months. You will see a number of migratory birds like in summers, Brahmini ducks, Bareheaded goose are commonly seen near the lake. Pangong Lake serves as a breeding ground for these birds and hosts a large quantity of fishes. A five-hour drive from Leh will take to the lake. Due to the higher altitudes, the oxygen level decreases and one might get time to acclimatize in the environment. One can see the astounding views of the snow-clad Himalayas and clear blue skies from the lake.
4. Chandratal Lake, Spiti
The Chandratal or Moon lake is a high alpine altitude lake perched at 4,300m in Spiti, Himachal Pradesh. The lake is situated on the Samundra Tapu which overlooks the Chandra river. Chandratal lake is a popular trekking destination among travelers and trekkers. You will see the vast lush meadows on the banks of the lake which are carpeted with a wide variety of wildflowers. The trek to Chandratal lake is done with the Hampta Pass trek and the views of the Himalayas are magnificent and breathtaking. Chandratal Lake is truly a hidden adventure in the laps of Himalayas. Camping near the lake gives an amazing experience. Lying under the star-gazed nights and feeling the chilly breezes will make a good memory of Chandratal lake in your mind. The best time to visit is from June to September.
5. Parashar Lake, Mandi
The beautiful high altitude lake is nestled in the laps of the Dhauladhar ranges of Kullu, Himachal Pradesh. Parashar lake is perched at an altitude of 2,730m and it is a popular trekking and holiday destination. A three-storied temple is located on the banks of the lake. The temple is dedicated to Parashar Rishi who had meditated here for a long time and made up of deodar trees. Himachali architecture will always surprise you. You can catch the glimpse of snow-covered mountains, and the Sutlej river. The blue water lake is all surrounded by green pastures and lofty mountains. For peace and tranquility, Parashar lake is a perfect place to spend your holidays away from the hustle-bustle of the cities.
Often known as the mysterious Skeleton lake, Roopkund is an alpine lake perched at an altitude of 16,470ft and surrounded by rock-strewn glaciers and snow-covered mountains. The lake is nestled in the laps of the Garhwal Himalayas in Chamoli, Uttarakhand. It is a popular trekking destination among trekkers. It is called the Skeleton lake because of the human skeleton or bones present on the banks of the lake. The trek to Roopkund passed by famous and gorgeous lush meadows of Ali & Bedni.
One can see the breathtaking views of Mt. Trishul, Nanda Ghunti, and other Himalayan peaks. The freshwater Roopkund lake is ideal for adventure junkies and snow lovers. The best time to visit in the month from May to June and September to October.
These are some of the amazing lakes to visit in India which offers great beauty of nature and holds tranquility in their surroundings. Do visit and plan a trip to the places. Make your lake experience a memorable one!!
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